Facebook has removed a video featuring former President Donald Trump, a company spokesperson confirmed on Wednesday, citing his indefinite suspension from the platform.
The deletion tests how ready Facebook is to interpret its suspension, which followed the insurgency on the U.S. Capitol on January 6. The video featuring Trump was posted by his stepdaughter, Lara Trump, who was interviewing the former president. . Lara Trump teased the interview in an Instagram photo from Tuesday’s shoot.
An email Lara Trump posted to her Instagram later Tuesday shows a message warning her team that the video has been uploaded. The email reminded them that “Content posted to Facebook and Instagram in President Trump’s voice is currently not allowed on our platform (including new posts with President Trump speaking) and will be removed if is published, which will cause additional limitations on the accounts that published it. A Facebook source confirmed the veracity of the email.
A second email posted by Lara Trump stated that Facebook deleted the video once it uploaded it to its page.
“In line with the block we have placed on Donald Trump’s Facebook and Instagram accounts, additional content posted in Donald Trump’s voice will be removed and will result in additional account limitations,” the email said.
The former president was initially banned from Facebook services in the aftermath of the deadly riot fueled by his supporters over his bogus allegations of voter fraud. Facebook had said the ban would be indefinite and would last at least until the end of its term.
The company has since upheld the ban and said it was referring the matter to its independent supervisory board to recommend whether the suspension should be lifted. Twitter said its ban on Trump was permanent.
A spokesperson for former President Trump did not immediately respond to a request for comment.